Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is urging progressives in the House of Representatives to stand firm in withholding their votes on the Senate-passed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill until a sweeping $3.5 trillion social spending bill is passed as Democrat leaders scramble to rally support around a measure slated to come to the floor on Thursday.
Sanders (I-Vt.) took to social media to assert that liberals will lose leverage on the larger package to address some of the Biden administration’s top social spending priorities including climate change and the expansion of so-called safety net programs including Medicare if the “hard infrastructure” bill is passed first.
“Let’s be crystal clear. If the bipartisan infrastructure bill is passed on its own on Thursday, this will be in violation of an agreement that was reached within the Democratic Caucus in Congress. More importantly, it will end all leverage that we have to pass a major reconciliation bill,” he tweeted in a clear message